The Value and Devaluing of Medals for Video Games!

2 Mar

-For the Uncensored

In the notion of being a “completionist” and achieving all the medals a video game can offer, sometimes to me, it’s just not humanly possibly. There are a few examples of this. If you are the only person who has won the coveted Mein Leiber trophy on Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, I am envious. You have to play the game at one sitting and you can’t stop or save, which is absurd and the farthest I have reached in Wolfenstein 2 is near Section F, near the end, where I destroyed the radio communication, and I died when I peeked out for too long. Section F is only at level 2, of the whole campaign. But it seems absurd to just play a game and be a completionist, when you should be doing other things. I don’t blame people for wanting to get every possible trophy they can in games, but I think streamers can take that challenge more than regular gamers should. Games should be enjoyed, unless you really like the game enough to get all the medals.  

            Again, you can do that if you like, but if you don’t get the important things done in your life, being a completionist is no better than owning a stamp collection. It’s not bad, but if you can’t cook or clean up the house, that’s another thing you need to do. Also, having a life and getting a girlfriend is important, too. Having a family. At some point, having the medals in video games is not going to solve your emotional turmoil. Just because you played every side quest in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, doesn’t mean you made any money from it, unless you stream. 

            So what if you got every medal in Seikiro: Shadows Die Twice, and you didn’t think Seikiro was hard, then go ahead. Just remember to make some money while you do it too. If you don’t do something else in your life, no trophy in a video game is going to matter when you have no life skills to live beyond a screen. If you don’t have a family, you might go bald and end up like Tim Pool. 

            Let’s all laugh at Tim Pool’s baldness, for a second. (Don’t worry Tim, bald guys need love too)

            But seriously, it doesn’t matter if you have every medal in a video game. Video games are not real life and having a real life means being interested in things outside your bubble. Exercising (not on the Wii U or the Switch). Reading a book printed on paper. Playing a sport (not on fifa). An instrument (not guitar or DJ hero). Shooting and training with a firearm (not in a First Person Shooter game, go ahead and take your pick). Lifting weights (not in GTA San Andreas either). 

            The digital world doesn’t amount to the substance and pain and beauty real life can offer. If you have no real world experience to back up your life behind a screen, it doesn’t matter how many video game trophies you have. It’s easier to hide behind a screen when you are unhappy about your weight, your lack of social skills, but dealing with it and realizing what you need to do to be happy is what will change your situation in life. A video game medal is a very small achievement compared to creating something that was created by you. 

            It’s hard, but I know you can do it.

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4

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